Michael Fabricant has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of
Commons, making a pledge to ensure that the victims of the Holocaust,
and of all genocide, are never forgotten, and that the causes and
consequences of the Holocaust are understood by future generations.
Michael says: "Holocaust Memorial Day provides a focus for each of us to
learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. We must not only reflect on the
horrors of the Holocaust and remember all the victims killed and
persecuted by the Nazis but also to challenge all types of prejudice and
discrimination which continue in our society today."
At the end of January, schools, local communities and faith groups from
across the UK will join together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Thousands of events are being held across the country to commemorate all
those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Holocaust Memorial Day also provides the opportunity to reflect on more
recent genocides such as Rwanda and Kosovo, and the lessons relating to
prejudice which still need to be learnt today.
January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of
Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration and extermination camp.
It is the seventh year that the anniversary has been officially
commemorated in the UK. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly
adopted the day passing the Holocaust Memorial Day resolution.
Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust says:
"We are delighted that Michael is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. At
a time when we still see groups and individuals questioning the validity
of the Holocaust, Holocaust Memorial Day and Holocaust Education is more
important than ever.
"It is through the participation and support of schools, local groups
and elected members that give this day the impact it has around the
country and we applaud their commitment to fighting racism, antisemitism
and all prejudice".
Photograph shows Michael Fabricant signing the Holocaust Book of
Commitment in the House of Commons